Hazzard welcomes plastic bag consultation

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Friday, May 4th, 2012
Sinn Féin Environmental spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed the consultation on the legislation of single use carrier bags.
Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Hazzard stated, “Sinn Féin brought forward a motion in putting a charge on single use carrier bags in order to lessen the impact of these bags on the environment. The motion which was passed by the Assembly and I now welcome the move by the Environment Minister Alex Attwood to put out for consultation how this charge will be rolled out and the measures that will be included in the Bill and what  if any exceptions there will be.” He continued, “It has been proven that plastic bags cause severe environmental damage and that in countries where a charge has been brought in the use of these bags have declined dramatically. I hope to see these measures implemented in the near future so that we can also begin to see people being responsible in their use of these bags.” “I would encourage people to engage with the consultation so that any anomalies can be ironed out before the law comes into being,” he added.
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